'Wait in the line!': Italian cabbie discusses Shamnesty with Katie Pavlich

Proponents of amnesty love to wax poetic about the plight of illegal immigrants, but what about those immigrants who followed the rules and worked hard to realize the American Dream? It’s long past time their voices be heard. Bestselling author and Townhall.com columnist Katie Pavlich is giving one man that chance. She’s had some great conversations with an outspoken cab driver named Evan, who is proudly pro-American and a legal Italian immigrant. This afternoon, Evan told Pavlich exactly how he feels about Shamnesty:

When will the government start paying attention to people like Evan?

Bingo. And for the record, Katie, we think you’d make a great senator. And who knows? Maybe Evan has a political future of his own!

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Katie found a very wise man, just the type of legal immigrant we want.

  • nc

    The Fox News website is running a beautiful piece on their Opinion page today on this very subject. It was written by a young woman who legally immigrated here with her parents and brother from China when she was a young girl. I urge you to read it:


  • Matthew Koch

    There needs to be a shamnesty theme song. I’m thinking it could sound like an old school James Bond theme. Maybe like For Your Eyes Only. Or All Time High.

    • Dave Suchy

      back door man by the Doors

  • http://www.ktfministry.org/ jesuitfinder

    The Jesuits are for shamnesty! http://www.reg6.com and http://www.ktfministry.org

  • Maxx

    LEGAL immigrants. The ignored voice in this debate. Perhaps no longer.

    I’m glad Katie is highlighting their opinions though I’m sure it won’t be long before liberals start accusing Evan of being “anti-Hispanic.”

  • Denise O’Connor

    We had the same conversation in Key West with out German cab driver. He raged on amnesty, sham marriages, illegals, hand-outs, etc. He said, get in the line or go home.

  • Holly Fragoso

    My husband is Hispanic from Mexico and came here legally and became a citizen. He did everything right, he says it is a slap in the face to him!!!!

    • Canadian in USA

      I absolutely agree.

    • kim

      That’s because it is. One of my son in laws parents came here from Mexico, legally over 60 years ago. Raised their family here. They are angry at all the time, effort etc it took for people like them as they watch it be handed to people who broke the law getting here and continue to break laws every day staying here.

    • conservative2012

      It is, and a slap in the face for all of those who came here legally, and those who are still waiting to come here legally.

  • Pushfoot

    I read that the White House had hosted a naturalization ceremony for 28 new US citizens last week (March 25th,) and the President took the opportunity to push his amnesty plan. I wondered how many of those new American citizens — people who had entered the country legally and worked hard to meet the requirements to earn citizenship — how many of them would have liked to spit in his eye.

    • 3seven77

      This guy never misses a chance to use people as props does he? Soldiers, sick kids, dead kids, legal immigrants, doesn’t matter… they’re just props to him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653342659 Nick Fortunato

        “Bumps in the road”

  • notenoughtime

    Amen, my parents were also legal immigrants who respected the laws and language of their new home.

  • IprefertobeAnonymous

    And where were these people on election day??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653342659 Nick Fortunato

      They were voting for Obama hoping he would make them legal

  • kim

    There are about 40 million legal immigrant residents in this country. most of whom are waiting for their citizenship. They did everything legally to become a citizen and this is an insult to every one of them, and everyone of us who had parents or grandparents, etc that came here legally, after there were laws put in place for immigration

  • NCRelite

    I took a cab with my parents in DC. Our driver was from India. I asked him something to the effect of, “so how about those pakistanis?” and my parents were aghast. He chuckled and flipped on Rush Limbaugh lol

  • capisce

    An affidavit of support is a document an individual signs to accept financial
    responsibility for another person, usually a relative, who is coming to the
    United States to live permanently. The person who signs the affidavit of
    support becomes the sponsor of the relative (or other individual) coming to live
    in the United States. The sponsor is usually the petitioner of an immigrant
    petition for a family member.
    An affidavit of support is legally enforceable; the sponsor’s responsibility
    usually lasts until the family member or other individual either becomes a U.S.
    citizen, or can be credited with 40 quarters of work (usually 10 years).

    When I was 6, my family immigrated from Italy. We could not have done so unless the sponsor, my uncle, took financial responsibility for the 5 members of my family, in the event my parents could not have done so.
    When I insist my adopted country applies this law equally today, the left brands me a xenophobe and racist.

    America has been so good to us. I only want it to continue to be so, for legal immigrants and native born citizens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653342659 Nick Fortunato

      My grandparents and my wife all came from Italy; like Evan they had to pay a price.

      They were examined so as not to bring in disease. We would be shocked at the diseases brought in from these illegals; diseases that were once conquered but are now a threat again.

      They had to have sponsors so they would not be an economic drain on society.

      They had to have a good character reference.

      They had to get at the end of the line and wait their turn.

      To become citizens they had to pledge an oath to become loyal to The United States of America, something which some of these newcomers seem loathe to do.

      What is gotten easily is often not fully appreciated.

      Amnesty is a slap in the face to all those who paid a price to come the right way.

      • capisce

        Agree. No protected privileges for those that sacrificed to have a shot in the greatest country on earth. Maybe that’s why we appreciate it all the more. My siblings & I were enrolled in school, speaking no English – no ESL classes for us…pure osmosis did the trick. Within a few months we were fluent in the language. My dad bought the NY Daily News and taught himself how to read in his adopted language. We thank God every day my parents were brave enough to make the move and allowed us to grow up in a country where a strong work ethic and education opened up limitless possibilities.
        Like anything else in life, the things that you work hard to achieve give the greatest satisfaction. An entitlement culture only breeds resentment for things not given because you are owed.

  • T. de Haan

    This story doesn’t sound right at all. First, an Italian gentleman with the very Welsh name of Evan? Secondly, in a taxi cab, where would anyone get the time to ask awkward questions such as whether someone is a legal immigrant?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653342659 Nick Fortunato

      Evan is likely a name used to protect his anonymity. If a journalist can afford the fare, why wouldn’t the driver accomodate her especially if he can vent at the same time.